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PACKERS 41, RAIDERS 7

Favre: Emotion-packed win

QB leads rout day after father's death

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Brett Favre dealt with the grief in the best way he could imagine.

 

He played his heavy heart out.

Favre passed for 399 yards and four touchdowns a day after his father's death, moving into second place in NFL history for career TD passes while leading the Green Bay Packers to a 41-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders last night.

With one spectacular long pass after another, Favre decimated the Raiders' patchwork defense with one of the greatest performances in his 13-year career. He finished just 3 yards shy of his career high while sending the Raiders to their worst loss in eight years.

Favre threw for a personal-best 311 yards and four TDs in the first half, quickly turning a crucial game for the Packers' playoff hopes into a blowout victory -- and he did it on one of the saddest days of his life.

"I knew my dad would want me to play," Favre said in a televised interview with ABC. "I love him so much and love this game. It's meant a great deal to me, to my dad and to my family. I didn't expect this type of performance, but I know he was watching."

Irvin Favre died of a heart attack Sunday night while driving near his son's hometown of Kiln, Miss. Brett decided to stay with the Packers (9-6) long enough to lead a victory that kept them in a tie with Minnesota atop the NFC North.

Favre was 22 of 30, smiling and hugging his teammates throughout the game. In the fourth quarter, he embraced his wife, Deanna, before they headed to Mississippi.

"I think he did it for his dad," Packers director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie said. "They were tight. This was unbelievable."

Though the formula is complicated, Green Bay can all but clinch a playoff berth with a victory over Denver Sunday -- and if the Vikings lose to Arizona, the Packers will win their second straight division title. The Packers also will be in the playoffs if Seattle loses to San Francisco Saturday.

With the first of two first-half scoring passes to Javon Walker, Favre passed Fran Tarkenton on the NFL's career list with his 343d career TD throw. The three-time MVP finished with 345, trailing only Dan Marino's 420.

Favre got a respectful ovation from the normally vicious Raider Nation when he was announced as a starter in his 205th consecutive game, an NFL record for quarterbacks. He might have been drowning in emotion, but his performance was almost amazingly poised -- and his receiving corps was just as impressive against the befuddled Raiders (4-11).

On the Packers' fourth play from scrimmage, Favre threw a 47-yard completion to Robert Ferguson. One play later, tight end Wesley Walls leaped for a 22-yard score in the back of the end zone. Favre jumped into Walls's arms for a lengthy hug.

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